Handicapping The NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year
In the market for some early NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Predictions? We’ve got your back. The 2017-18 NFL season is nearly upon us, and there are a handful of players who comprise the favorites to win this season’s Defensive Rookie of the Year. Below we will cover some of the favorites for this award, and a few dark horses that could come in and steal the money.
NFL Handicapping Insight
Here’s a look at who is favored to win the 2017-18 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year: Myles Garret (+350)
It’s really no surprise to see Myles Garret as the favorite for the defensive rookie of the year award. He was taken number one overall by the Browns and has the most talent, and upside of any defensive player in the draft.
He also plays for the Browns so he will be starting right away and even if he struggles right away, the Browns will give him every opportunity to succeed.
The one thing he really has working against him is as dominant defensive player he is, he doesn’t really rack up a ton of sacks. That seems to be an important stat that voters really look at when voting for defensive rookie for the year.
Garret’s over/under for sacks is at 7.5. Last year when Joey Bosa won rookie of the year he had 11.5 sacks. If he wants to win this award he is going to need to surpass that sack number of 7.5, or really hope the rest of the defensive rookies have a down season.
2017 NFL Defensive Rookie of The Year Predictions: Marshon Lattimore (+800)
Marshon Lattimore comes into this season tied with Jamal Adams for the second best odds to win the NFL Rookie of the Year.
He was taken 11th overall by the Saints and will be expected to perform right away and help a defense that struggled last year.
Lattimore will probably have the best chance of any rookie to really impress voters because he is either going to look probably really good, or look really bad.
He comes in and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him move up to number one on the depth chart quickly.
That means he will probably be matched up with the best wide receiver of the opposing teams on a weekly basis.
He will be getting tons of targets and that will give him plenty of opportunities to impress weekly. He will need to be his best from week one to take this award home at season ends.
2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Predictions: Jamal Adams (+800)
Jamal Adams comes into this season with the second best odds to take home of the defensive rookie of the year award. He has one big advantage in this race as he is a New York Jet, and will get to play in the Big Apple six times this year.
The biggest thing Adams has working against him, is safeties don’t usually get much respect when it comes to the defensive rookie of the year. Since 1991 a safety has never won the award but Adams has all the tools to change that.
He is a really good safety against the run and is always willing to lay out a big hit. If he can cut back on the pass interference penalties he has as good of shot as anyone.
2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Predictions: Takkarist McKinley (+900)
Now everyone probably remembers Takkarist McKinley for his swear word filled interview after being drafted. He showed pure emotion about being drafted and his grandma but how will that relate to on the field.
He played outside linebacker in college but it sounds like he will be a defensive end in the NFL. He has a motor that can’t be matched but he needs to work on his hand strength if he wants a chance to win this award.
I also don’t know if he will start right away for the Falcons so that might work against him for winning this award.
Here Are Some More 2017-2018 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Odds
- Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns: 7/2
- Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints: 8/1
- Jamal Adams, New York Jets: 8/1
- Takkarist McKinley, Atlanta Falcons: 9/1
- T.J Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers: 12/1
- Malik Hooker, Indianapolis Colts: 12/1
- Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers: 14/1
- Jonathan Allen, Washington Redskins: 16/1
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